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Hello, I’m Gwen.

I work in advertising. I play in the kitchen.

I’m part tweenager. (Look at my iTunes playlist.)

I’m part Grandma. (Look at my oversize cardi collection.)

I’m part Romy or Michelle. (Look at the height of my hair.)

As a Christian, I'm learning how to glorify God in the everyday. To live into the status quo, like Jesus' own Manchurian candidate, and seep grace through its cracks.

I wish my life were a musical, but other than that, I’m pretty content.

(No surprise I also like to Yelp.)

The Casual Vacancy
The Explicit Gospel
Gone Girl
The Chaperone
Cutting for Stone

Gwen Daniels's favorite books »

In the Ideal to Real TODAY/AOL Body Image survey, teenage girls revealed something unexpected: 65 percent said seeing their selfies on social media actually boosts their confidence…

The TODAY/AOL findings findings echo emerging social science on the impact of social media on self-presentation and self-image. Selfies seem inconsequential or goofy, but they can actually be incredibly important to teenagers, because they give teens a way to control the image of themselves that they’re showing to the world, experts say.

'It’s the first time you get to be the photographer and the subject of the photograph,' says Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, who has written extensively about this subject, particularly as it applies to teenagers and/or Millennials. 'Even though that seems very simple, that’s an extraordinary shift, historically. And control makes people believe in themselves.'

TODAY’s post on the Ideal to Real TODAY/AOL Body Image survey

Must I always be plagued by a desire for purple hair?!

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Taylor Swift in an Alice + Olivia ‘David’ skirt and ‘Elenore’ top and Christian Louboutin ‘Miss Clichy’ heels in New York.


Taylor Swift in an Alice + Olivia ‘David’ skirt and ‘Elenore’ top and Christian Louboutin ‘Miss Clichy’ heels in New York.

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Dying at this Eater graphic because ain’t it the truth?

Who knew a river could be so gorgeous?! Over the weekend Sarina arranged a float trip down the Kankakee in DeMotte, Indiana, where her family has a farm, in honor of our friend Katie’s birthday. Such a sweet Sunday with sweeter friends.

Somehow my parents left Chicago without a single photograph together during our perfect whirlwind visit last week! During their four-day weekend in the city, Dad, Mom and I visited the Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute, took the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s boat tour, and saw Sandra Oh in the Victory Gardens Theater’s production of Death and the Maiden. (Yes, we stayed for the discussion led by a staff member after the show.) We ate hotdogs and chopped salads at Portillo’s in River North and risotto and churros at Dusek’s in Pilsen. And when we weren’t playing tourist, we walked around the neighborhood, took care of chores around the apartment and watched some HGTV. On Saturday morning, Dad even made his biscuits, better than almost anything else in the world. I wish we could share the Windy City all the time!


Chick Fil A is getting in the iced coffee game. It’s over, y’all. 

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Coaching parents on toddler talk to address low-income word gap

By age four, toddlers in low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than those in high-income families, according to researchers. As a result, these children tend to have smaller vocabularies and fall behind in reading. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one program in Providence, Rhode Island, that gets low-income parents talking more to their toddlers.


Here’s What You’d Look Like With A Week’s Worth Of Your Trash

Newspapers. Soda cans. Pizza boxes. Everyone’s trash looks different but what these artful portraits show is that we all have something in common: We produce a lot of it.

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inside the banana, 2012 by adriana lara | via liferuinmociun

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